Drop out rate in medical schools seems reasonable

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.173a (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:173
  1. I C Mcmanus
  1. Professor of psychology Imperial College of Medicine at St Mary's, Paterson Centre for Mental Health, London W1 1PD

    EDITOR,—James Parkhouse claims that the drop out rate from medical schools in the United Kingdom ranges “from 11.7% to 14.1%.”1 If true, this suggests serious problems. His figures, however, disagree with other estimates by a factor of two.

    In a recent follow up of 2732 of the cohort of entrants to medical school in 1991, 133 (4.9%) had left during the preclinical (basic medical sciences) stage2; comparable figures for preclinical drop outs in the 1981 and 1986 cohorts were 35/502 (7.0%) and …

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